Forest Service proposes two exploratory snowmaking wells at Heavenly |

Forest Service proposes two exploratory snowmaking wells at Heavenly

HEAVENLY MOUNTAIN RESORT “-The U.S. Forest Service is seeking comment on a proposal to drill two exploratory snowmaking water wells at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

The proposed test wells are south of the resort’s Galaxy lift top terminal and outside of the Lake Tahoe Basin, Forest Service spokesman Rex Norman said in a statement.

One test well would be located on an existing ski trail near the intersection of Lower Milky Way and Orion’s Belt Trails. The second test well would be next to the existing Mott Canyon summer maintenance road, Norman said.

The proposed exploratory water wells will be drilled in July and August 2009. Each well would be six inches wide to a depth of up to 300 feet, according to the proposal.

If pumping tests for these two wells have favorable results, permanent wells could be installed in the future, Norman said.

If the exploratory wells are unsuccessful, they will be abandoned consistent with Nevada state requirements, Norman said.

This proposal only covers the test well drilling. Conversion of the exploratory wells to permanent production wells would be subject to further National Environmental Policy Act documentation and approval.

The proposal and information on how to submit comments can be found at the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Web site at:

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